The Magic in Differences

We see a lot of destructive focus on our differences in many places today.

The beauty in diversity is the respect we should be showing to each other. I was scrolling through YouTube today and came across a song called “Why”, I had not heard of the artist before and so I figured I would watch it. This is video and song were the impetus for this post.

As the young man in the song explains the reason some people don’t think they belong together is because of their differences. There is magic or synergy that happens when people from different backgrounds come together to work on a project they are committed too. If we look at Silicon Valley, there is a huge number of success stories that come out of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. We can look at Apple, Google, and HP as examples of people with differences coming together to make amazing things!

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iPad Mini Disappointment

On the 12th of September, Apple announced the iPhone 5 and updated some of the iPods. I was really surprised that the new iPod Touches are priced as high as they are $299 and $399 for 32gb and 64gb.  If the rumors are true, that there is an iPad Mini or 7.85″ iPad coming in October (2012) or March (2013) then were in the world does it fit in on price?  The iPads are priced at $499, $599, and $699 for the 16gb, 32gb, and 64gb respectively (Wi-Fi only).

I just don’t see it happening … and I was looking forward to the possibility of getting a larger iScreen that would qualify as an everyday carry to replace my MacBook and still be small enough that I don’t have to carry my laptop bag. I already have a Bluetooth keyboard and I have been waiting to see what is going to happen.  I admit that I have been waiting for the iPad Mini announcement … and if it doesn’t come, then I am probably going to get a Nexus 7 from Google. It would mean moving from iBookstore to the Kindle book store and probably a MiFi to use with it. I really don’t want to make the change, I really like the iBookstore and have read 3 or 4 books via the iBooks App. The iPhone is just to small a screen to spend an hour or more reading.  A Kindle doesn’t have enough features for me and I really am not interested in a Kindle Fire.

On top of all that, I have hundreds of Apps for iOS, Movies and TV Shows from iTunes, and other things that I have come to rely on and prefer. I just wish that I knew what was going on so that I could plan and prepare for it.

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Where No MacBook Has Gone Before

A little while ago, as many know, Apple introduced a Retina Display MacBook Pro that is .71 of an inch thick. The entire innards have been glued in place and non-standard hard drive (a flash based configuration) and non-standard RAM (again, a flash based configuration) have replaced standard RAM and Hard Drives. The screen is also glued in place. The thickness of a laptop doesn’t impress some people; and others are just swept away with new designs. Of course, in true Apple fashion several ports were removed and others condensed and combined. The engineering that went into this design is really revealing. One would of course have to go back through Apple presentations and other materials they have published over the years.

The new MacBook has been deconstructed by iFixit and they have claimed it is the hardest Mac to repair and replace parts on; while this is true, it is also the thinnest workhorse of a computer ever made. The configuration and layout of the insides made me think of one thing … the iPad and iPhone. About 6 months ago I replaced the back case on my 3GS and the glass on my wife’s 3GS. Many of the internal parts can be removed some by removing the screws. However, some of the parts are glued in place.

Now, there is also the rumor that iOS and OS X will be merging and that can be seen in things like Multi-Touch, iMessages, Notifications, and cross OS applications like Calendar, iWork, iLife, and others.

Now, what if the lid was removed and flipped around and placed on top of the base? What if the Retina Display was a touch screen and it came with a substantial dock or easel? We already have a very solid and useful keyboard & track pad being offered by Apple. I mean with a weight of 4.46 lbs … I can easily see this being a touch screen MacBook with an on screen keyboard. Touch Screen controls are being tested and enhanced by Apple right now by millions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch owners. Personally, I can see this happening … and I can see me buying one. It has the power and portability that no other laptop would have especially if they keep pushing the limits of battery, RAM, and Hard Drive size as they have done with the iPad and iPhone.

one more thing … WiFi only and 3G/4G [aka Wireless Broadband] options.

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Sayonara Steve

Everyone has something to say …
it is surprising that everyone doesn’t know
the impact you’ve had … will be felt for generations.

100 years from now when kids learn history
you will be listed with Edison and Einstein.
A giant of our era … a visionary …
a genius.

Luminaries & business men will honor you,
pundits will parade their interviews and experiences
journalists will run pictures and video.
your life will be analyzed and evaluated.

I wonder if anyone will be able to vocalize that deep impact and change you brought
into our lives …

Magical, revolutionary, amazing, and great
words you used for the products that
were developed under your watch.

my phone and laptop … hold even more value
… the sentimental kind.